[caption id="attachment_24585" align="alignleft"]Photo credit: Courtesy of U.S. Bank[/caption]“Customers want to be treated with respect. The day you stop talking to them like regular people is the day you lose touch and relevance. After that, you start losing customers,” – Huffington Post, April 12, 2015.
[caption id="attachment_24583" align="alignleft"]stockvault.net[/caption]It’s time for Fathers’ Day. Time to lift up fathers and fatherhood. And time to ask ourselves how we honor fathers in our daily lives, the work of our nonprofits, and through our business and public policies. News headlines spotlight the phenomenon “absent fathers,” seeking to assign blame for the many challenges we face as a country and as communities.
[caption id="attachment_24581" align="alignleft"]Mariano Espinoza, with Ohtli Award[/caption]Mariano Espinoza, Latino Community Specialist, is a 2015 recipient of the prestigious Ohtli Award from the Government of Mexico. Awarded annually, the Ohtli Award is the highest honor for a civilian living outside Mexico and acknowledges and celebrates the commitment, vision and impact of an individual on the Mexican or Latino community.
[caption id="attachment_24532" align="alignleft"]stockvault.net[/caption]You’ve written the perfect proposal. You submitted it on time. Perhaps you carefully reviewed the guidelines and found that your organization is a perfect match for what the foundation is seeking to achieve through its grantmaking. Or maybe a program officer reached out and personally asked your organization to submit. Maybe your nonprofit or university has received consistent funding over the years, and you have submitted your annual request – on time, of course. But you haven’t heard a word.
[caption id="attachment_24530" align="alignleft"]canstockphoto[/caption]Summer is almost here, and solicitors offering asphalt services and magazine subscriptions – among other products and services – will be making the rounds and may well wind up on your doorstep. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota ® (BBB) reminds people to stay alert and have a plan in place when it comes to door-to-door solicitors.
[caption id="attachment_24372" align="alignleft"]stockvault.net[/caption]If you could have any five celebrities on your nonprofit board, who would you pick?
Visualize yourself as chair of the board of a nonprofit you believe in. Maybe it’s a university, an early childhood education center, a food bank, international research institute, or performing arts company. You pick the nonprofit – and the board members!
Warmer temperatures are here, students are moving out of dorms and people of all ages have begun the process of searching for new apartments or rental properties. Whether you’re a student, relocating for work or simply looking for a new living space that better accommodates your needs, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) reminds people it’s important to consider a wide variety of factors.
[caption id="attachment_24294" align="alignleft"]stockvault.net[/caption]Part two of a two part series
It’s that time of year – basketball every night! The games get better and better. Fans are loyal, excited and stressed. People on the east coast stay up way too late. Everyone is wearing their team’s logo. The playoffs are on! If you’re a fundraising fanatic you are inspired as you imagine your fundraising team performing with the precision of your favorite basketball team.
[caption id="attachment_24203" align="alignleft"]Carleen Rhodes[/caption]The Saint Paul Foundation recently announced a new grant program designed to raise awareness of the work nonprofits are doing to end racial disparities – and enable them to carry out and/or deepen their racial equity work. Government entities and nonprofit organizations may apply for grants of up to $75,000 from a total grant pool of $300,000.